Welcome to Heavenly Socks Yarns!
Our shop on Lower Main Street
String Theory's Bluestocking sock yarn is beautifully hand-dyed 80% superwash Blue Faced Leicester wool/20% nylon.
October Sale: Sock Yarns, Cottons and Cotton Blends
During the month of October, all sock yarn in our sock yarn area will be on sale at 20% off.
We have a large variety of sock yarns -- from fingering to worsted, in solids, tonals, multicolors and self-striping. We stock both 50- and 100-gram skeins in a variety of colorways and fibers, including non-wool yarn designed for socks!
If you don't like to make socks -- or if you just don't want to -- consider using this machine-washable yarn for other projects. We have patterns to make baby items, hats, shawls, scarves, mitts and more.
We also have a table set up with cotton yarns that we are likely not to carry next year. (Adult garment quantities available.) These lovely, soft, machine-washable cotton and cotton-blend yarns are on sale at a great price. You may want to consider knitting a baby hat. Knitted baby hats are easy, inexpensive projects and you will be so happy to have a stockpile to give as gifts. Babies just happen to keep getting born! We also love this free pattern, Sweet and Simple Baby Hat, because it is written for a variety of gauges. You can also easily change the roll edge in this pattern to a K1, P1 edge. If you don't have any babies to knit for, consider knitting a hat for the work of Broadreach Community and Family Services (see article below: Click Your Knitting Needles Together to Prevent Infant Abuse).
Enjoy the beautiful colors outside this month, but if you can make it to the KnitMaine-ia Fashion Show on October 3, we think you will enjoy those couple of hours inside. (See article below: KnitMaine-ia.)
Drachenfels garter-stitch shawl, knit in Jagger Spun Green Line
Squishy, warm, and stylish, Drachenfels by Melanie Berg checks all of our "comfort knitting" boxes: garter stitch, stripes, subtle shaping and texture. The knitting is easy (sometimes mindless), while the stripes and slip stitches keep it interesting, and the i-cord bind-off makes a lovely finished edge. It's a great project to turn to as the nights grow longer, if you (like us) are spending more time indoors. By the time the coldest part of the season is upon us, you'll be snuggled in your new wrap.
Both Helen and Liz saw this pattern months ago, and thought it would be a good match for Jagger Spun Green Line, a sportweight organic merino in our Maine section. Liz picked out a classic combination of navy, gray and white, which received many compliments as she worked on it at the shop. The yarn stood up well to being toted around all summer as she worked a row here and there, which impressed us for a soft yarn like merino! Our sample used two skeins each of three colors of Jagger Spun Green Line, which retails for $8.00 in our shop. The pattern is available through in-store Ravelry downloads for about $5.50.
The Fugitive Hat, knit in Classic Elite's Vista and modeled for us by Colby of Colburn Shoe Store
The Fugitive Hat
One of our customers gave us a gift of a knit hat called The Fugitive. The pattern was written by a military veteran who is fairly new at designing. However, our customer said that the pattern was well written and intuitive. It is a $4.99 download on Ravelry and can be purchased here at the shop.
It was knit in Classic Elite's Vista. Vista is a worsted-weight wool/alpaca blend that has been minimally processed, so you can feel the natural qualities of the yarn. Since this yarn isn't highly processed, it isn't dyed, so its palette is only natural colors.
The hat used only one skein of Vista, the 100-yard hank retails here for $7.50. For a note of interest, we have a customer who knit an Aran sweater from this yarn, wears it hard, and reports no pilling on her sweater!
Peekaboo baby sweater, a top-down raglan, knit in Encore
We're always on the hunt for new baby patterns to feature that are easy but interesting. Peekaboo fits the bill, and as a bonus comes in sizes up to age 8! Made from worsted-weight yarn, the body of this top-down raglan knits up quickly. At the cuffs and hem, you pick up stitches on the inside to create the garter-stitch "undershirt." Such a clever detail! The pockets are an added touch of sweetness, and while you wouldn't have to knit them in your contrasting color, we did for fun.
The 12-month size used less than two skeins of Encore for the main color, and about half a skein of the contrast color. We have plenty of this buttery yellow Encore worsted in stock, and while Liz used a unisex jade green for the contrast, she had fun dreaming up other colors to use. Orange or blue would be great, hot pink would make it really fun for a girl, and gray is a new combo with yellow. Machine-washable yarn for kids is always a good idea, and we have many worsted-weight yarns in our machine-washable section to choose from, including Encore, Berroco Vintage, Plymouth Merino and Malabrigo Rios.
Baby Uggs knit with machine washable possum/merino yarn
These little booties were made using Baby Uggs, a free pattern from Ravelry. Yarn alert: the Rimu Performa DK is so lovely! It is a blend of merino and New Zealand possum ... yup, possum! The halo is soft and itch-free, and it's machine-washable! This is for next-to-your-skin knitting at its best. We modified the pattern by working it all in garter stitch.
We also have an elegant yet simple ribbed scarf made of this yarn here at the shop. The 50-gram, 140-yard ball retails here for $15.95.
Come celebrate the rich tradition of fiber art in the Maine community. Enjoy a runway of colorful fashion and generous door prizes, and mingle with other fiber enthusiasts at a reception following the show. The fun begins on October 3 at 2 pm at the Belfast Boathouse. Tickets are $12.00. One hundred percent of profits will be donated to New Hope for Women, a local organization committed to ending domestic violence.
A CLICKforBabies purple cap
Click Your Knitting Needles Together to Prevent Infant Abuse
Knit or crochet caps using any newborn baby cap pattern. Caps should be made using any shade of soft, baby-friendly purple yarn, be at least 50% purple in color, and free of straps, strings or other potential choking and strangling hazards. For baby boys, please remember to include blues, browns, grays and other "boy-friendly" colors in your cap designs.
Your knitted or crocheted caps will be given to baby boys and girls in November and December to help educate parents about the Period of PURPLE Crying, a normal but frustrating period of increased crying all infants experience in the first few weeks and months after birth.
Send your PURPLE newborn baby caps, as many as you like, to be received no later than October 30, to Patrick Walsh, Broadreach Family and Community Services, 5 Stephenson Lane, Belfast, ME 04915. For more information, phone 207-338-6679.
For more information and resources, including patterns for caps, tools to spread the word, and FAQs, visit CLICKforBabies.
Mittens by Marjorie Yesley of Blue Hill
Exhibit and Charity Sale: The Blue Hill Mitten Project
The Blue Hill Village Mitten project, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Blue Hill Public Library, will be on display at the Library through the end of November. The mittens, designed by Library volunteer Marjorie Yesley specifically for this project, are based on multi-colored Latvian knitting techniques. The mittens are knitted by volunteers and are offered for sale at $45.00 per pair, with the money collected to be used for buying holiday gifts for community children this coming December.
To date, the Library has received mittens from knitters living near and far, from the Blue Hill Peninsula to other parts Downeast, to Ohio, South Dakota and even California. And here's some good news: it's not too late to be part of this fun and worthwhile initiative! The Library will continue to add mittens to the display until the very last day of November, so anyone who is interested can still download the free mitten pattern and join the fun. Completed pairs may be dropped off at the Library's circulation desk. Please be sure to include your name, town and type of wool used with every pair. Mitten knitting groups for fun and troubleshooting will be offered on four Thursdays: September 24, October 8 and 29, and November 12, from 6:30-8 pm.
The exhibit is in the Howard Room cases, available for viewing during Library hours subject to the meeting room schedule. For more information, phone the Library at 207-374-5515. Stop by, buy a pair of mittens for yourself or a friend, and provide funding for a holiday gift for an area child.
Hospice Volunteer Training Class in Belfast, poster detail
Hospice Volunteer Training Class in Belfast
There will be a Hospice Volunteer Training Class in Belfast, Thursday evenings, 6-9 pm, October 1-November 19, plus one Saturday, October 3 from 9 am-3 pm. Cost: $35.00. Scholarships available. Train to help support patients and families facing terminal illness and loss. Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County offers end of life care and bereavement support to anyone in Waldo County at no cost. For more information, please phone their office at 207-930-2677 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A painting class at Waterfall Arts
Fall Classes and Workshops for Adults at Waterfall Arts
Registration is now open for new art classes and workshops for adults at Waterfall Arts in Belfast. New offerings include Basic Drawing and Color Theory, Photopolymer Printmaking, Alabaster Stone Carving, Darkroom Photography, Color Etching, Casting with Clay and Hand Painting Photos.
Well-known teaching artist Kris Engman leads Basic Drawing (class began September 29), an eight-week fundamental approach to drawing which includes a broad-based definition of visual perception -- the business of seeing. She is also teaching Painting: Color Theory I and II, which begin October 2.
Mike Fletcher will lead a Darkroom Photography class in the basic use of 35mm film, with instruction in developing and printing techniques. The class begins on Monday, October 19 and runs once a week through November 23. On November 9, Liv Kristin Robinson will teach a Hand Painting Photos workshop and show how to transform black-and-white photographs using oil-based pigments.
In the Printmaking Studio, Kris Sader will introduce new methods of copper plate printing with her three-day workshop, Photopolymer Prints, on October 14-16. Richard Mann is conducting a Color Etching class on Monday evenings from October 20 to November 10. Students will learn multiple-plate aquatint printing, including four-color process printing.
Alabaster Stone Carving is the focus of Anne Alexander's weekend workshop, October 16-18. She'll show students how to carve pieces of alabaster stone into organic forms, using chisels, files, saws and drills, and demonstrate finishing techniques.
Anna Queen introduces Casting with Clay on Monday evenings, November 9-23. Students will learn the basics of plaster-mold design from simple press molds to multiple-piece slip-casting forms.
Saturday Life Drawing Group continues to meet weekly from 9:30 am to noon. This is a non-instructional, supportive group with different models each week.
Complete listings and fee information can be found on Waterfall Arts, where you can register and pay online. You can also phone 207-338-2222 or stop by the office at 256 High St. in Belfast.
Dancing Up a Storm: Boston-based Trio Nor'easter in the Forecast for Belfast Flying Shoes
On Friday, October 2, join Belfast Flying Shoes for an evening of contra dancing at American Legion Post #43, 143 Church St. in Belfast. The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a community dance called by Chrissy Fowler. The contra dance begins at 8 pm and runs till around 11 pm.
Chrissy Fowler will call the contra dance, with music provided by Nor'easter, featuring Cedar Stanistret on fiddle, Max Newman on mandolin and guitar, and Julie Vallimont on piano and accordion. Sound by Eric Weest Johnson.
Boxcar and Stinson, white line woodblock print, 12 x 8 inches, by Willy Reddick
Maine Craft Weekend: Willy Reddick, Erica Schlueter
The Maine Craft Weekend (MCW) is a statewide tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events. It's an opportunity for the public to explore the life and work of craft artists and craft brewers in Maine. Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this self-guided tour features participants all over the state. Local artist and crafter Willy Reddick will be participating again this year.
Reddick's studio, located upstairs in her 1850s barn at 55 Pine St., Belfast, will be open Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4, 10 am-4 pm. She will be showing white-line woodblock prints and the wood blocks used to make them, her Willy Wires jewelry, needle-felted animals, a few miniature paintings and more. She is offering 20% off on all woodblock prints during the open-studio weekend.
Reddick will be joined on Sunday by Belfast jewelry maker, knitting designer and friend Erica Schlueter, who will be showing some of her beautiful Bent Metal jewelry. She makes her own fabric-textured metal components and uses rivets or silk to join them. The earrings shown are oxidized sterling silver and 18k/silver bi-metal joined with crocheted silk, and the necklaces are sterling silver with crocheted silk cords.
For more information, phone Willy Reddick at 207-338-2842 or visit MCW to learn about participants and events and to plan your route.
Local organic Maine blueberry pie
Thirteenth Annual Waldo County Pie Contest Open to All Bakers
Everyone loves pie. But if you really love pie and believe it can lead to good things then come by on Sunday, October 4, when the 2015 Waldo County Pie and Story Festival will come back to the Belfast Boathouse for the twelfth time, at the waterfront park in Belfast from 1-4 pm.
Musician and renowned storyteller Jennifer Armstrong and Friends will present a family program that includes an afternoon of music, stories, pie and plenty of family fun for all.
The festival starts with free music and stories for the whole family but don't forget, halfway through, there will be slices of pie available for a dollar each. Each slice come with a ballot to vote, or not.
Anyone may enter a pie for prizes. All types of pies are welcome: sweet or savory, pizza or whoopie, as long as they are pies and homemade. Because of allergies, a complete list of ingredient should accompany all pies. It wouldn't hurt anyone's feelings if you brought more than one pie.
General pie voting will include four categories: Best Pie Ever, Most Beautiful Pie, Most Unusual Pie and Yummy Mess. Special prizes and awards will also be given for best local-ingredient pie; grown, gathered or caught. Winners in the four major categories will be heaped high with praises and handed a few pretty good prizes.
After an opening song, or two, the festival will start with a lively and competitive whole-pie auction which will allow folks to walk away with a whole pie.
Bring pies at noon on the day of the event. For more information on how to enter pies, or to help with the event, phone Jennifer at 207-322-2265 or find them on Facebook.
Veggies for All
Veggies for All: a Food Bank Farm
On Tuesday October 6, at 6:30 pm at the Belfast Free Library, Sara Trunzo, director of Veggies for All (VFA), will give an overview of how this community-based hunger relief effort operates, reflect on common challenges in food security programming, and share best practices for food bank farming and other hunger relief initiatives.
VFA, a project of Maine Farmland Trust, is a food bank farm located in Unity that works to relieve hunger by growing vegetables for those in need, while collaborating with partners to distribute and increase access to nutritious, quality food. VFA has grown and distributed over 108,000 pounds of vegetables, engaged hundreds of volunteers in thousands of hours of community-based hunger relief, and serves ten food pantries to reach 1,500 food-insecure rural people in central Maine. Learn more about how VFA does its work in Unity, including some tips, tested practices and partner engagement methods you may put to use in your own rural community.
This free presentation is co-sponsored by the Belfast Free Library, Belfast Co-op, and Maine Farmland Trust. For more information about Belfast Free Library events, click Library Programs.
First Church of Christ, Scientist, Camden, Maine
Spiritual Discovery: How You Can Better the World
A lecture will be given at the Belfast Free Library, Saturday, October 10 at 2 pm. This is a free talk sponsored by the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Camden, Maine. For more information, visit FCCS Camden.
Collage by one of the Belfast Poetry Festival's participating artists: The Collusion of Fauna and Ocean, by Louise Dinsmore
The 11th Annual 2015 Belfast Poetry Festival
The annual Belfast Poetry Festival marks its eleventh year with a bold slate of ways to celebrate poetry, community and artistic possibility, Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, at the Belfast Free Library, the Colonial Theatre and throughout downtown Belfast.
The 2015 festival will include a Friday night of unadulterated poetry readings; an open mic with a performance poetry finale; writing and community-building workshops; an open and energetic panel discussion on Poetry as a Force for Social Dialogue; a Gallery Hunt featuring the winners of the Maine Postmark Poetry Contest in downtown Belfast art galleries; a parade; opportunities to mix, mingle and meet; and a Saturday-evening multimedia extravaganza of poetry, visual art and performing arts collaborations; all featuring fourteen poets, seven visual artists and fourteen performing artists from across Maine and beyond. The Festival's Guest celebrity poet will be Elizabeth Gordon McKim.
For more information on this year's events, the contest or the Gallery Hunt, contact Jacob Fricke at email@example.com, visit Belfast Poetry Festival or find them on Facebook.
Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast bookmark
Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast Event
When we cry for justice, what do we really mean?
A provocative discussion. A magnificent meal. An illuminating evening featuring justice-narrative artists and leaders.
A benefit event launching RJP into its coming decades of service.
On Saturday, October 17, 5:30-9 pm, join the conversation with Rupert Ross, Michael Patrick MacDonald, Tess Gerritsen and Noel Paul Stookey.
Dinner and cocktails at Point Lookout, Northport.
5:30 pm: Cash bar and hors d'oeuvres.
6 pm: Dinner.
6:45 pm: Tess Gerritsen, Michael Patrick MacDonald and Rupert Ross.
8:15 pm: Music by Noel Paul Stookey.
Tickets: $100 each; $800 for a table of ten.
For more information, or to buy tickets online, visit RJPMidcoast.
World Polio Day: Rotary Club of Belfast poster
World Polio Day: Rotary Club of Belfast Fights to End Polio Worldwide
In honor of World Polio Day, which is widely recognized on October 24, the Rotary Club of Belfast is sponsoring a four-mile walk through the scenic streets of Belfast as part of Rotary's 27-year mission to eradicate the crippling childhood disease of polio. They are asking for your pledges to continue this support.
In the past two years, the Belfast Rotary has raised over 4,000 dollars in support of End Polio Now, an international campaign, along with other charitable organizations, to eradicate polio.
A highly infectious disease, polio causes paralysis and is sometimes fatal. As there is no cure, the best protection is prevention. For as little as 60 cents' worth of vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life. After an international investment of more than 9 billion dollars, and the successful engagement of over 200 countries and 20 million volunteers, polio could be the first human disease of the 21st century to be eradicated.
If you are interested in getting involved with the Walk either by pledging your support or joining in the walk, please phone Syrena Gatewood at 207-322-9616, talk with any Belfast Rotarian or visit Rotary Club of Belfast for further information.
The Maine Garden
Call for Art: Vibrant Day Lily Farm Seeking Artwork for Lily Gardens
Operated by Bill and Lynn Warman in Waldo, the sole purpose of The Maine Garden, a day lily farm, is to promote, encourage and foster the development and improvement of the genus Hemerocallis. The Maine Garden hybridizes for the unusual, such as two stalks from a single fan and breeding tetraploid to diploid or diploid to tetraploid, with six- or seven-way branching, great clear colors and round-shape cultivars.
The Warmans are looking for artists who want to exhibit their artwork within this five-acre garden. Exhibiting is free of charge and artists handle all sales. Artwork must be tasteful and kid-friendly. Please e-mail from one to five images under 5 MB each to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration for spring of 2016.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com or phone 207-342-5663 before 6 pm, or visit The Maine Garden.
Strawberries and Melody "Neofa Farewell," by Hope Hoffman
Belfast Co-op October Events
FARM + FOOD + FIDDLE: Grannagerie™ 2015 exhibit of fabric and food-related gifts, including appliqué designs printed on cloth, photography printed on metal, and illustrated sheet music by local artist Hope Hoffman. On display in the Co-op Café through late October.
Round Up for Community Recipients
Senior Discount Day
Every Tuesday, Belfast Co-op customers 62 years young and up receive a discount upon informing the cashier of their eligibility. Co-op member-owners receive a 10% discount; non-member-owners 5%.
Veggies for All Presentation with Sara Trunzo
Tuesday, October 6, 6:30-8 pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Belfast: Free presentation with Sara Trunzo, director of Veggies for All, a Unity-based agricultural project that has provided 75,000 pounds of sustainably raised vegetables to people in need since 2007. Nurtured by Unity College and several local organizations, Veggies for All is now a part of Maine Farmland Trust. Co-sponsored with the Library.
In Search of the Oldest Apples in Maine with John Bunker
Tuesday, October 20, 6:30-8 pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Belfast: Free presentation with apple expert and "fruit explorer" John Bunker, who will give a free presentation about the history of apples in Maine; his adventures tracking down, identifying and preserving rare historic varieties; the renaissance of the hard cider industry; and an update on the Maine Heritage Orchard in Unity, which he founded. Co-sponsored with the Library.
Monthly Love LOCAL Day
Friday, October 30: Lunch special highlighting local ingredients, 10% off ALL Maine-made products all day. Our featured Maine vendor is Peak Organic Brewing Co., who will be hosting a beer tasting from 6-8 pm.
OctoBEER Non-GMO Month Beer Tasting and Art Opening
Friday, October 30, 6-8 pm, Belfast Co-op Café, 123 High St., Belfast: Free Peak Organic Brewing Co. sampling and art show opening for artist Eric Leppanen. Featured beers are 10% off all day, in conjunction with Love LOCAL Day.
For more information about Belfast Co-op events, please visit Belfast Co-op.
Troy, midcoast Maine's friendly UPS man
Our Shipping Policy
Even though our Web site is not designed with a shopping cart, we will happily ship anything to you.
At this time, we only ask for the exact cost of the shipping; there is no handling charge.
By the way, the man in the photo is our well-loved UPS deliveryman. He is always smiling and happy, even when hauling heavy boxes down the stairs. (He must be a secret wannabe knitter.)
Inside our shop, with yarn lovers examining a tempting skein.